The Mystery of the Church’s Catholicity

Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, S.V.D. holds a Ph.D. in Theology and is Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland. A former doctoral student under Joseph Ratzinger, Twomey is the author of several books, including The End of Irish Catholicism?, Pope Benedict XVI: The Conscience of Our Age (A Theological Portrait), and Moral Theology after Humanae Vitae. His most recent books are The Dynamics of Liturgy—Joseph Ratzinger’s Theology of Liturgy: An Interpretation (Ignatius Press, 2022) and Apostolikos Thronos, Rival Accounts of Roman Primacy in Eusebius and Athanasius (Emmaus Academic, 2023, revised edition). In 2011, Benedict XVI awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal …

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To Judge or Not to Judge?

Donald DeMarco, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow of Human Life International. He is a professor emeritus at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario, an adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College in Cromwell, Connecticut, and a regular columnist for St. Austin Review. His latest works, How to Remain Sane in a World That is Going Mad; Poetry that Enters the Mind and Warms the Heart; and How to Flourish in a Fallen World are available through Amazon.com. Some of his recent writings may be found at Human Life International’s Truth and Charity Forum. He is the 2015 Catholic Civil Rights League recipient of the prestigious …

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Ticket to Oblivion?

George Weigel is the distinguished senior fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington. COMMENTARY: ‘Liberalism in religion is the doctrine that there is no positive truth in religion, but that one creed is as good as another..’ In the days before Pope Paul VI simplified the rituals surrounding the creation of new cardinals, men who had previously been informed that they had been chosen gathered in Rome; there, a day or so before the consistory at which they would be “proclaimed” and given the red hat, they received what …

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China-Vatican: The Strange Desire of the Holy See to be Fooled

The first two articles presented two Chinese delegates to the conference on the 100th anniversary of the First Chinese Council, held in Rome on May 21: Joseph Shin Ben, Bishop of Shanghai, vice-president of the Patriotic Association of Chinese Catholics (APCC) and Professor Zheng Xiaojun. They showed the alignment of the two interventions with the doctrine of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in matters of religion and with the organizations responsible for applying this religious policy, in particular the Patriotic Association of Chinese Catholics – dependent on the CCP – and the United Front, which spreads the thought of Chinese …

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Francis Appoints Homosexualists to Shape Doctrine

Julia Meloni is the author of The St. Gallen Mafia (TAN, 2021). She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale and a master’s degree in English from Harvard. Recently, Pope Francis appointed three new members of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.  Notably—according to the reporting of Vatican expert Edward Pentin—all three can be linked to statements, actions, or alliances regarding the topic of homosexuality.  The three prelates are Archbishop Bruno Forte, Cardinal Jose Tolentino de Mendonca, and Cardinal Marcello Semeraro. Forte is well-known to those who followed the 2014-2015 Synods on the Family.  In 2014, as the synod’s special secretary, …

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Padre Pio replied to John Paul II’s letter with a miracle

John Paul II wrote a letter to Padre Pio asking for prayers and the saintly friar responded with a miracle. In 1947, newly ordained priest Fr. Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II) visited Padre Pio to meet the famous Capuchin friar. It was a brief visit, but Wojtyla didn’t forget it, as he later wrote a letter to Padre Pio asking for prayers. The letter was written (in Latin) in 1962 when Wojtyla was a bishop in Poland. The following is an excerpt of the letter from the book The Making of the Pope of the Millennium. John Paul II never received a …

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Pope’s Anti-TLM Theologian Shows His Pro-Contraception Cards

Pope Francis is fond of saying “Everything is connected.” Traditionalists have been saying the same thing for the past six decades. We have long emphasized that those who transformed the Catholic liturgy on paper and in practice were also entertaining doctrinal novelties, oddities, and, at times, even heresies. Conversely, a radically changed liturgy has led to the weakening and occasioned the loss of faith in, any number of central doctrines of Catholicism, or that the loss of reverence for God is bound up with moral drift in every sphere of life. It is not hard, after all, to see that the lex orandi, the lex credendi, and …

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Will There Be African Resistance to the October 2024 Synod?

In an interview with KTO, a French Catholic news channel, on March 17, 2024, Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, Archbishop of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), discussed the Fiducia supplicans Declaration that authorized the blessing of same-sex couples. He regretted the method used by the Vatican to publish Fiducia supplicans: without prior consultation and with a particular timetable. “I do not believe that this text was necessary at that time,” he said, recalling that the first session of the Synod on Synodality had just ended in Rome and that a second session …

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The deep grammar of a(nother) papal faux pas

Christopher R. Altieri is a journalist, editor, and author of three books, including Reading the News Without Losing Your Faith (Catholic Truth Society, 2021). He is a contributing editor to Catholic World Report. We often hear that Pope Francis is either a revolutionary reformer with something like the ecclesiastical version of the Midas touch or he is a gaslighting grifter who’s at least half a heretic and thoroughly corrupt. Neither is correct. It turns out that “shitposting” is a technical term. There’s a great literature, approaching a whole subfield of academic communications studies, treating the practice of tossing cheap and easy provocations into digital …

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Rediscovering the memorable Saint Anthony of Padua

Dawn Beutner is the author of The Leaven of the Saints: Bringing Christ into a Fallen World (Ignatius Press, 2023), and Saints: Becoming an Image of Christ Every Day of the Year also from Ignatius Press. She blogs at dawnbeutner.com. It is somewhat disappointing that most Catholics only call upon the brilliant, articulate Saint Anthony to help them find their car keys. After all, he can do much more for us than help us find items we have lost. Catholic saints sometimes become popular for strange reasons. Saint Nicholas, bishop of the early Church, may have inspired the legend of Saint Nick, but he bore little …

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